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The Role and Value of Heritage Centres in the North Isles

Westray Heritage Centre
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Time Span:

January 2019 - June 2021


Throughout The Isles

The North Isles have an impressive collection of centres and associated facilities showcasing their vast array of natural, built, and cultural heritage.

Providing an insight into local life, from centuries ago to modern times, these important centres highlight the evolution of each island’s community, economy and environment.

The centres are supported by island heritage groups, predominately made up of volunteers who invest a lot of time and effort into ensuring what they offer is accurate and appealing to locals and visitors alike.

This project will provide a collection of island-wide activities to enable this knowledgable network of volunteers to sustainably develop their heritage offering and realise their full potential and ambition.

A series of online sessions for people working in community heritage in the North Isles and across Orkney. These sessions were delivered over the winter of 2020. Click on the links below to find out more:

Session 4 - Attracting and Retaining Volunteers

Handout - Attracting and Retaining Volunteers (Robert McGregor)

Session 3 - The Care and Cataloguing of Archive Collections

Handout - The Care and Cataloguing of Archive Collections (Lucy Gibbon)

Session 2 - Creative ways of using collections

Handout - Creative ways of using collections (Rebecca Marr & Mark Jenkins)

Session 1 - Engaging your local audience

Handout - Engaging your local audience (Katy Firth)

Create your 3-point digital plan

A session delivered in April 2021 for Orkney heritage groups by Dougal Perman from Inner Ear & Nicola Henderson from XpoNorth Heritage. The aim of the session was to help groups through some simple steps to help them identify, prioritise and plan.

3 point digital plan presentation and here's a link to the facebook live session recording XpoNorth - Orkney Museums Workshop: Vision, Objectives & Strategy: Create Your 3-Point | Facebook

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